I play Afro Cuban, Latin Jazz, funk, and folkloric, these bongos work brilliantly for all styles.
Most importantly, sound quality - excellent! Cutting slaps, and lovely open tones and bass response (as far as it goes with a bongo).
The components and finish are exceptional.
My only criticism is that it's not possible to change the angle at which the lugs meet the head, this means if playing in a traditional between the legs way, you can have the lug pushed against your leg in an uncomfortable way. Also the bongos are quite heavy so might suit a stand better, however I still manage to play in a traditional seated way without too much trouble.
I always think that it is very important to have good looking drums as well as good sounding ones and these Bongos are both. They are very well made both inside and out and although I have not used the stand fittings, they look like they would hold the drums very securely.
I am sure that you could get a slightly better sound from a very expensive pair but value for money I would say they are excellent which is why I have given them 5 stars.
Amazing set of bongo's! The wood work and design is second to none, stunning effect on them too. On first taking them out of the box i find they are of a very solid build, high attention to detail. Once i had looked them over i began to tune them. Real joy to tune up, lovely crisp warm tones straight away. Sounds superb mic'd up for live gigs, got the thumbs up from the sound engineers at least! Nice warm tones to sharp snappy pops, plenty of range! Feel comfortable to play seated, or great standing with the Meinl stand i got at the same time! Can't fault!
This was the first time I bought a set of bongos so I can't make any comparisons. I was also a beginner as far as playing bongos were concerned. Although I play guitar and sing lead vocals in a band which has a percussionist playing a Wave Drum, I write my own songs and like to record them myself using a variety of instrumentation and needed some means of playing and adding percussion. I liked the sound of the bongos and thought they would fit well into a particular song I had written and begun recording with a view to uploading it to the BBC Introducing website.
I bought bongos from Thomann because of the good range of drums on offer by comparison with other UK suppliers. I liked the appearance of the Meinl Woodcraft bongos and the sound clips I listened to set them apart from some of the other lower priced bongos available. I had also read some good reviews elsewhere.
I wasn't disappointed once the bongos were delivered to me, along with a seated Meinl bongo stand and bongo bag. I was soon in business, on the one hand learning how to play some traditional rhythms from an instructional DVD whilst also recording a percussion track to complete the song which I subsequently uploaded to the BBC Introducing website.
There are many people much better qualified than me to write about the quality of Meinl's Woodcraft bongos in comparison with other makes etc. I can only say I am very happy with them and although the guitar is my first instrument, I enjoy playing my bongos when I can.
Meinl WB500AMB Woodcraft Bongos, Colour: Antique Mahogany Burst (AMB), Sizes: 7" Macho and 9" Hembra, body made of American White Ash (fraxinus americana L.), chromed hardware True Skin cow heads,...
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